Get a sense of the region’s unique flavor and character by visiting our local museums and galleries. World-renowned artists are drawn to the area, showcasing their work in exhibitions that feature pieces from around the world. You’ll find eye-catching and inviting permanent art collections in venues across the city. Local artists, many of them pulling inspiration from the nearby Appalachian region, are featured in various galleries and sell their work at local markets.
Spend an evening enjoying the music and entertainment Knoxville offers. With its own symphony and opera, as well as numerous theatres and live music and performance venues, the city is the perfect place to take in a show. Café 4 and The Square Room and the local Preservation Pub feature jazz musicians and local artists, while the Clarence Brown and Bijou Theatres offer performances that feature local, regional and national talent.
Carpetbag Theatre, one of several small, local theatres, offers workshops and performances that give a voice to the under-served. The historic Tennessee Theatre features professional music and drama productions to the downtown area.
East Tennessee is home to a rich arts community of opera, symphony and theater performances, live music performances of bluegrass and country and many unique festivals throughout the year, such as the Dogwood Arts Festival, Festival on the Fourth, Rossini, Greekfest, Kuumba and the International Biscuit Festival, just to name a few.
In addition, the Visit Knoxville events page has up-to-date information on upcoming events happening in the area. The greater East Tennessee area also has many events scheduled all year round. Visit the links below to view each area's calendar of events.
Historic Tennessee Theatre
Located in Downtown Knoxville, the Tennessee Theatre first opened in 1928 and features theatrical and musical performances. Known as Knoxville’s Grand Entertainment Palace, it’s the perfect stop for a night of entertainment. Learn more.